CYE Concerto Competition

DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles are proud to offer our musicians the chance to perform as a soloist on historic Orchestra Hall Stage! Each season, competition auditions take place in January with the finalist’s featured performance occurring on the last Wu Family Academy Showcase Concert (for the senior division winner) or the last Civic Youth Ensemble Experience Concert (for the junior division winner) of the season. Full rules and regulations for the competition are available via the link below.

Applications are now open! Apply today.



A good place to look for potential repertoire selections is any state music education solo & ensemble list. One example is the solo & ensemble list from the Maryland Music Education Association which you can access by clicking here. Instructions on how to access that list are included below:

  • All woodwinds, brass, and percussion: click on the "Maryland Band Solo Only" link under the Band Lists section.

  • All string players: click on your instrument solos (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) link under the String Lists section.

We also recommend consulting with your private lesson instructor (if applicable) or school music teacher to help select an appropriate piece.

If you have any questions about selection a piece, feel free to contact the CYE Staff at


The following is a list of area pianists who could be available to accompany any individual applying for the concerto competition. Names and contact numbers listed below:

  • Sheila Brookins - P: (586) 929-4231

  • George Cullinan - P: (908) 444-3614

  • Eleonore Elero - P: (586) 855-6382

  • Ok Jae Lee - P: (217) 722-7003  

*Individual rates and availability will vary between each pianist. Know that each individuals’ rates are decided on between the accompanist and musician.